Polished Pink for an 18th Birthday

A young lady reached adulthood last week, so I created this Birthday Card for her.

Polished Pink for an 18th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Polished Pink, Basic Black and Basic White.

The background uses the Biggest Wish Stamp Set with the words randomly stamped.

These are then joined by several stars, cut using the Stitched Stars Dies.

An ’18’ cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies is then given a coat of Wink of Stella before being stuck to the central star.

Both of these sets of Dies are on the Last Chance list and stock is only available until 2nd May, while stocks last.

Polished Pink for an 18th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Coordinating In Color Ribbon is looped and the central star sits on top using Dimensionals.

Finally, some In Color Jewels add some coordinating sparkle.

Polished Pink for an 18th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)PLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESSTITCHED STARS DIESPOLISHED PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSH2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves – Project 5

This is the first of the bonus projects from my recent SSOTM Gorgeous Leaves Class.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

Along with the class colours of Bumblebee, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen and Old Olive, the bonus projects also add Soft Suede.

Using Soft Suede, the bark image from the Gorgeous Leaves Stamp Set creates the background.

Next, a length of Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon, plus a length of the class kit Linen Thread are looped around the project.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set sits on a circle cut using the Layering Circles Dies. Falling leaves are stamped at the top and bottom.

Then, various leaves are cut using the Intricate Leaves Dies, along with a few branch shapes too.

These shapes are then layered, some directly onto the background, others to the back of the sentiment.

To add depth, the sentiment, with the attached shapes is then raised up on Dimensionals.

SSOTM with Gorgeous Leaves - Project 5. Project designed by Karen at HIPPFROG Designs

Finally, some of the coordinating Class Kit Matte Decorative Dots are added.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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GORGEOUS LEAVES BUNDLEDECORATIVE MATTE DOTSLINEN THREADBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)LAYERING CIRCLES DIESBUMBLEBEE A4 CARDSTOCKBUMBLEBEE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCHERRY COBBLER A4 CARDSTOCKCHERRY COBBLER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEVENING EVERGREEN A4 CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUEDE CARDSTOCK A4SOFT SUEDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – A Cascade of Purple Pierced Blooms

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the attendees created a pretty cascade of purple pierced blooms.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour scheme was the ‘can’t go wrong’ combination of Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape. These were combined with Very Vanilla.

For the background, the Stitched Greenery Die made another appearance. It is a really useful die.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, it was the turn of the flowers to turn into that cascade of purple.

Most flowers had a touch of Wink of Stella added to them for a bit of sparkle.

I chose to use the Biggest Wish Stamp Set for my sentiment. This was raised up on Dimensionals, with the bow stuck to the corner using a Glue Dot.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pastel Pearls in coordinating colours were added to the center of some of the smaller flowers.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PIERCED BLOOMS DIESSTITCHED GREENERY DIEBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)FRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKPASTEL PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Double Masking – the papercrafting way

You may hearing quite a lot about double masking at the moment, but this is a happier papercrafting version.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This monochrome ‘thanks’ card is in Daffodil Delight and Basic White.

My first piece of masking was for the strip across the middle of the project to create a blank space for my sentiment.

The next piece of masking was using one of the Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks and a Blending Brush to create an ombre effect. I chose to go darker in the centre and paler towards the edges.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When my masking was complete, I added the sentiment from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set. If you haven’t got this £16 stamp set, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a must for your collection.

Next, I added some lengths of Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack across the edges of my centre strip.

Finally, using a Stampin’ Blend, some Rhinestones were given a Daffodil Delight colouring.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple project. It would also be great in lots of different colours and sentiments too.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PLENTY OF PATTERNS DECORATIVE MASKSBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)DAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLENDING BRUSHESBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Anyone for an Ice Cream (Cone)?

Do you also look at a punch and think of something different to do with it?

Anyone for an Ice Cream (Cone). Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s something I do quite a lot. This design for the Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch has been in my head for a while. I’ve finally got around to making it.

Using the same In Good Taste DSP as this project from the weekend. I punched out two cone shapes using the Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch. These patterns are the other side of the papers I used previously, so are giving a very different look.

Anyone for an Ice Cream (Cone). Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Before I started to stick them down, I first stamped my sentiment from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set. I did this as if I made a mistake, it would be easier to correct or stamp again. It’s much harder to correct if you it at the end!

Each cone shape is then stuck down, leaving a gap between each one. Any overhang is then cut away.

Anyone for an Ice Cream (Cone). Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some lengths of coordinating Gray Granite Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack creates a border at the top and bottom.

It’s a quick and simple design and would be perfect for making a batch of cards for teachers, friends and more.

Grab a pack of DSP, you could choose one that is currently on special offer. Then add a stamp set of your choice, plus any extra embellishments. Make them using different colours, DSP packs and sentiments.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish

This Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish Stamp Set project is a remake of this previous project.

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the opposite stamps, with the script and block text swapped around.

As with the previous project, it can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this version, I have kept the monochrome design but used Gorgeous Grape.

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using my Stamparatus and the hinge-step technique, the ‘happy’ forms a line with alternating first and second generation stamping.

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of coordinating Gorgeous Grape ribbon creates a line between the ‘happy’ and ‘birthday’ greetings

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, Pastel Pearls in Gorgeous Grape bookend the ‘birthday’ sentiment.

I love the fabulous stamps in this set as they do a lot of the work for you.

Don’t forget the January-June Mini Catalogue leaves us tomorrow. Make sure you don’t miss out on any retiring items.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)GORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE 3/8"(1 CM) SHEER RIBBONPASTEL PEARLSSTAMPARATUSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Working With Stripes

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing my top tips for working with stripes.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Working With Stripes

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Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Working With Stripes

This is my final project from my Introduction to ‘In Color’ Class where I use all of the colours on one card.

Over the years I’ve been running this class, it has become tradition for the combined project to be stripes!

Each colour is arranged and stuck down with wet glue. See my video for how I do this.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Working With Stripes

The sentiment is from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set is stamped onto a shape from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Finally, an In Color Jewel, one from each colour is added to the sentiment for a touch of bling.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Working With Stripes

Here are all of the projects from the class. Do you have a favourite?Introduction to In Color Class - Fresh Freesia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Introduction to In Color Class - Pale Papaya. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Introduction to In Color Class - Soft Succulent. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsIntroduction to In Color Class - Evening Evergreen. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Introduction to In Color Class - Polished Pink. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Working With Stripes

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. Pop back next week for the next one.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)TASTEFUL LABELS DIES2021–2023 IN COLOR A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PAD2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

You Decide Your Biggest Wish

Well, not quite! You decide your Biggest Wish card orientation, portrait or landscape?

You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Mr Hippofrog helped design this Evening Evergreen Monochrome Birthday Card. He’s very proud of it!

If you want to create quick and easy projects, the Biggest Wish Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue is really useful.

For this project, the Stamparatus is your friend. Once you’ve lined everything up, it’s just a case of hinge-stepping ‘Happy’ down the slots.

The first is first generation stamping, with the next in second generation. This alternates down the page.

You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Birthday is then stamped along the edge.

A length of coordinating Chevron Ribbon splits the two parts.

Finally, a small Pearl coloured with a Stampin’ Blend is added as the dot of the ‘i’.

You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which orientation do you prefer?

I can definitely see me creating this design in different colours, and with different greetings from the set too.

Why not join me at one of my Classes. The new In Colors will be making an appearance at regular classes very soon. Visit my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)EVENING EVERGREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEVENING EVERGREEN A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN (3/8" 1 CM) CHEVRON WEAVE RIBBONEVENING EVERGREEN STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPARATUSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP

I couldn’t resist making one of my stripe designs to show off some of the patterns in this Simply Elegant Specialty DSP.

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The packs of DSP in the new Annual catalogue are simply stunning.

As this is a Specialty DSP, it means that there are special elements running through it. In this case, some of the sheets have either gold foiling, silver foiling, or both.

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose to use the sheets with Basic Gray elements for my stripe pattern and have combined these with Very Vanilla for a monochrome-type design.

The sentiment is from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set and this is set on top of some coordinating twine from the Well Suited Twine Combo Pack.

This Combo Pack is from the January-June Mini Catalogue. Items are only available until the end of June so make sure you don’t miss out!

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I think you’ll agree that this quick and easy design will be perfect for any occasion.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SIMPLY ELEGANT 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPERBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)BASIC GRAY A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKWELL SUITED TWINE COMBO PACKMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

A Birthday Biggest Wish

Yesterday, my Annual Catalogue order arrived and in the big box were a few new items.

This Birthday card uses some of these new products.

Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is three of the new In Colors of Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya and Polished Pink. They work really well together with Basic White.

I’ve used one of my stripe pattern designs to create the background. These stripe patterns are really great for using up any offcuts or for being economical with your cardstock!

The mixed In Color Cardstock pack is another great way of being more frugal with cardstock. They include a few sheets of each of the 5 colors, instead of having to purchase multiple packs.

Then, using the new Layering Diorama Dies I have cut the fabulous curvy shape.

Another new item, the Biggest Wish Stamp Set gave me the two words for the sentiment. I really like this Stamp Set as the sentiment can do a lot of the hard work for you, especially if you need a quick and easy card.

Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Loose Flower Flourishes in the same In Colors are added. These don’t have any adhesive on the back, so you can attach them however you like. I chose to use Glue Dots.Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finished project reminds me of a dessert. Perhaps I’m just hungry!

To use new products, why not join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details. A reminder that booking for my In Color Introduction Class closes TODAY at 18:00.

If you want to get your hands on lots of products for yourself, the JOIN+ offer running this month is the perfect opportunity to receive £154 of goodies for just £99.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)LAYERING DIORAMA DIES2021–2023 IN COLOR A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPALE PAPAYA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKLOOSE FLOWER FLOURISHESMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEGLUE DOTS